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hualien castro and first lady michelle obama. no secret that the obama campaign is trying to win over hispanics and women. now, they do have a big lead with both, but will need to hold or build on it for november. and before either speaker takes the stage, the president will be campaigning in norfolk, virginia today. a state that just happens to be 54% women. let me write in roll call politics reporter and political editor. welcome to both of you. so michelle obama. i think her job is maybe uniquely complicated. she's very well liked. viewed favorably by almost seven in ten americans. but he's well liked, too. you can love someone and, i don't know, still not want to live with them? can you think barack obama is a great guy but maybe he hasn't shown you that he can solve the country's problems? what is michelle obama's job tonight? >> it's to simply humanize her husband and build on the high like ability score for him. the first lady has appalachin a rating of nine points higher than her husband. so her job hands down is to just make him seem like a family man. >> doesn't he already h
't true. >> we will get to paul ryan's at 8:00 a.m. this morning. >>> brew on this michelle obama wants america to give their house another four years to implement the change he promised back in 2008. we want to know do you want another 40 years. >> send us your comments you can tweet them to us at fox friends first or e-mail us at foxfriendsfirst@foxnews.com. >>> the top five stories making news at this hour. president obama not able to give himself an actual grade for his presidency. >> the party says you inherited a bad situation. you have had 3 and a half years to fix it. what grade would you give yourself? >> we are seeing this in the united states but around the world. europe is going through a difficult time parts of asia and china are going through a difficult time right now. >>> mitt romney's campaign quick to respond. >> i used to teach. the students who came in are the ones that knew they hadn't done anything. the ones that failed in their responsibility in that respect the president is right he gets an incomplete because he's a failure. >>> president obama blaming president
years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just about whether or not they should fire or hire again president obama. it's that it's going to be a choice. and this is really if you talk to any strategist of any party kind of the way you run an incumbent's re-election campaign. that it is a choice between the president and mitt romney. so they'll try to what they say is crystallize that choice between the two men. and they're also going to try to emphasize the fact that as president obama has been doing for months that they believe that the democratic party is the party for the middle class. and also talk about, they say, the accomplishments that they feel that the president hasn't gotten enough credit for, bailing out the auto industry. they believe the health care bill. they'll talk about t
underway here. the delegates buzzing about first lady michelle obama's speech last night. the energy is gearing up to former president bill clinton's speech tonight. you're right, the big news is the change of venue for president obama's acceptance speech tomorrow night. president obama arrived in the tarheel state a day before. the dnc decided to move the address inside the arena because of a possibility of severe thunderstorms. it was planned to be held outdoors at the bank of america stadium. >> it requires adjustments. 75,000 people were going to be there and 25,000 can be here. and i am sure that they have that figured out and they will do an excellent job with it. >> reporter: last week, bad weather forced republicans to change their convention schedule in florida. rnc cancelled most of the opening day program because of hurricane isaac. meanwhile, first lady michelle obama followed up her primetime speech last night with nighings today. >> find the nearest battleground state and find time there and can you make calls to your home to a battleground state. if can you afford it,
>>> for barack, these issues are not political. they are personal. >> first lady michelle obama brings the democratic national convention to its feet. the powerful message she delivered to voters. >> reporter: we're live in morgan hill where several things are happening today involving missing teen, sierra lamar. we'll tell you who is visiting the search center an what's been planned for later on today. >>> well, good morning to you. welcome to "mornings on 2." i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's wednesday, september 5th. >>> we begin with continuing coverage of the shooting that leaves a -- that leaves a chp officer, kenyon youngstrom, fighting for his life. he was shot yesterday by a man in a jeep. alex savidge is at the john muir medical center with an update on the officer's condition. >> reporter: i just spoke a short time ago with the chp spokesperson who told me that wounded officer's family members and fellow officers have remained here at his bedside throughout the my. he's in icu here and at last check does remain in critical condition. the chp identified the o
callum. good morning to you. good morning everybody at home. first lady michelle obama headlines the democratic national convention last night. it was a big night for her. she stood in front of a crowd of faithfuls and basically said that the president needs another four years to finish the job. >> i see the concern in his eyes and i hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, you won't believe what these folks are going through, michelle. it's not right. we've got to keep working to fix this. we have so much more to do. [cheers and applause] [shouting]. bill: so already now we have reaction from the romney team saying in part, quote on the first night of president obama's convention not a single speaker uttered the words americans are better off now than they were four years ago. our country deserves real solutions an a plan to turn our economy around, end quote. bob cusack, managing editor of "the hill." let's get to romney's comment first. the speech last night, how did it play? >> bill i was in the arena. it played very well. brought down the house t was genuine. at the same time ve
ladies took center stage in campaign 2012. michele obama addressed delegates at the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. >> she made the pitch for the president personal telling americans they can trust her husband. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: michele obama had everyone on the convention floor on their feet. >> i love michele obama. i love her. >> reporter: some had tears in their eyes as mrs. obama spoke passionately about her husband. >> i have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> reporter: she says this president is a man whose upbringing and family values means he'll look out for all americans. >> whether it comes to rebuilding our economy, barack obama is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother. that's why he cuts taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet. >> reporter: while the first lady stayed mostly away from politics, keynote speaker julian castro dove right in. he got the crowd here fired up when he answered t
is in the spotlight. what we will hear from michelle obama. how will her speech compare with ann romney he is. personal take on her husband. >>> closing arguments as a jury is getting set to decide if drew peterson murdered his third wife. lots of news. we're glad you're with us. it is all "happening now." jenna: opening day at the democratic national convention, start of like baseball season, right? it is their tournament. their turn. i'm jenna lee. we're glad you're with us. jon: i'm jon scott. we're live in charlotte, north carolina with continuing coverage as president obama and his team make a case for a second term. this stands in stark contrast to the gop's, backs abortion rights, same-sex marriage and calls for higher taxes on the wealthiest americans. then come the speeches. tonight the first lady addresses the delegates. she is set to play up the difference between her husband and governor romney. another highlight tonight. the keynote address. san antonio mayor, julian castro, a rising young star in the democratic party is set to deliver it. he is the first latino ever tapped for t
president is awesome. when michelle obama takes center stage she will have a huge task to fulfill to convince america the country is better off because of her man. she is one of the biggest assets to her husband's campaign. they're to pique the interest of those supporters who might be wavering. >> barack is so, the level-headedness that you see is -- is real. >> reporter: and then there is ann romney. >> i love you, women! >> reporter: from the spotlight in tampa last week she went straight for that female vote. painting a primetime picture of her husband as a lovable, likable guy. not just that, she defended her husband against those attacks on his record at bain capital. >> i can tell you mitt romney was not handed success. he built it! [ cheers ] >> reporter: on the eve of the democratic convention in charlotte, the focus will soon be on one man, but right now it is all about the lady. >> could she help him win? >> i think strong women will help a man win, absolutely. >> reporter: down here on the convention floor, the preparations are under way. the stage where michelle obama
first lady michelle obama had to say. >>> charges of national security leaks rocking israel forcing prime minister netanyahu to cancel a cabinet meeting. what one of his cabinet members is demand something even more shocking. we'll tell you about that. >>> verdict watch at the drew peterson murder trial. the jury is deliberating the case of the former police officer accused of killing his third wife while he remains under a cloud of suspicion in the disappearance of his fourth wife. all new, all live, it's "happening now" jenna: hi, everybody. great to see you on this wednesday. lots of news to get to today. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. breaking at the democratic convention, president obama's big speech nurse night is being moved from an outdoor football stadium to an indoor arena. democratic officials citing concerns about the possibility of a severe weather. jenna: wasn't just republicans that have to deal with weather. jon: both parties having weather problems. jenna: even in politics there are things you can't control. jon: don't mess with mother nature. jenna: don't mess
yesterday. it ended with a highly anticipated speech. michelle obama took the stage to huge applause and cheers. coming up for you at 5:15 we will take you live to charlotte, north carolina. we will bring you more reaction to her speech and also tell you who will step on to the big stage today. >>> also this morning u.n. secretary-general bon has called on them to end the attacks there. at least 23,000 people have been killed there. today at least 75 people were killed there, including 23 children. on top of that there is a refugee crisis, more than 230,000 people have fled syria, seeking refuge in neighboring countries. >> happening now firefighters in caloosa county are working to contain two wildfires burning east of clear lake. they started before 4:00 yesterday afternoon off highway 16 in the rumsy canyon area, it is closed. take a look at the mach, map, from there to there. the fires have burned 1200 acres, so just only 10% contained at this point. >>> a third fire burning near road 27 in yellow county is 90% contained. >>> firefighters also making progress on that wildfire b
for yourself and your kids and grandkids. >> first lady michelle obama make ago pitch for her husband at the democratic national convention. i'm sarah simmons jie. a wisdom martin. >> guess what time it is. >> talk with tucker. >> good morning. -- i'm wisdom martin. >> let's get started with a look at our rod arrest. it is warm and humid outside. we'll top out in the 80s this afternoon. we have a few showers out in western maryland this morning. we'll track those. that is actually associated with a cool front, not avery strong one. i think later tonight, the air will cool off a little bit and start to dry out. improvement is on the way. we do have some relief in sight. we do have more details including the all important seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. back to you. >> it is day two of the democratic national convention. vice president joe biden and former president bill clinton are the head line speakers. >> last night, first lady michelle obama and a rising star in the party had key speeches. we have a report. >> reporter: every day, the people i meet inspire me. e
that address. and then all eyes on the first lady. michelle obama will deliver what's expected to be a strong defense of her husband. the first lady sexpected to be character witness describing the tough decisions the president has had to make. >> he failed peopilled people w this hundred running for president, make grandiose statements and promises which are just not true. >> meanwhile the president's other chief defender vice president joe biden is jumping right into the four years ago debate calling it a republican bumper sticker message. >> folks, let me make something clear. america is better off today than they left us when they left. you want to know whether we're better off? i got a little bumper sticker for you. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. >> a lot to get to and we dive right in and say good morning to our tuesday political power panel. correspondent for "time" magazine, democratic strategist and president of the bernard center for women. great to see all
charlotte. >>> tonight michelle obama tries to make the case for her husband's re-election. abc's karen travers is joining us from charlotte with more at what is at stake for the democrats. good morning, karen. >> reporter: hi. this arena is empty right now. tonight a very different story. jammed with democrats who are eager to launch their convention and give rebuttal to the republicans. the stage is set, and democrats are ready to get their convention under way. first lady michelle obama arrived in charlotte, she got a feel for where she will deliver her primetime address, a speech, the democrats say is critical to their message this week. most americans spent labor day enjoying the end of summer. but the candidates were busy working. in toledo, ohio, president obama took credit for saving the auto industry. >> i stood with american workers. i stood with american manufacturing. i believeden you. i bet on you. i will make that bet any day of the week. later he detoured off the trail to louisiana. there he surveyed the damage from hurricane isaac and met with flood victims. >> nobody is
it out of the ballpark, whether you're a democrat or republican, it doesn't matter, michelle obama revealed herself as a superstar for the democrats. whur listeners are savvy. it's not all about a love-fest for barack obama. you have the undecided voters and those who feel apathetic, the undecided voters. they like the obamas, they love the first family. they even love the dog bo, but does that translate, that likability factor translate into trusting the president? then you have those apathetic voters hit hard in this economic climate and who feel like, hey, i don't need to show up to vote, what does it matter to me? jim, you have some 16,000 people in the district of columbia eligible to vote, not registered. that problem holds true in those key battleground states. our lynners say she delivered, energized those groups. >> a lot of your listeners and tweeters -- she's become a fashion eischen. what did they have to say about that part of the speech? >> oh, what didn't they say? she ply it out of the ballpark, that fuchsia dress with the gray and michelle obama has, of course, ins
scarlet particularly in the wake of the michelle obama and bill clinton speeches, which are loading up the artillery to blast away. >>shepard: republicans have put out a video in response to president clinton speech last night. >>carl: they did. it will be a t ad, and there will be a lot of them. romney has become the nominee officially he can spend the money he raised for the general election, tens of millions. he has more than $185 million in the bank. that can be spent on ads and that police begins tomorrow. a lost new commercials running about key battleground states and national purchases on national television. this one tries to attack the president's integrity using bill clinton's doubts about it back in the 2008 campaign when he claimed to be one of the first democrats to oppose the iraq war. watch. >> he is a good soldier helping his party's president but what did bill clinton say about president obama in 2008? >> give me a break. whole thing is the biggest fairy tale i've ever seen. >> that quote caused quite a stir between hillary clinton and obama saying that chin tons were
even as we look at him. later on tonight, there will be michelle obama reintroducing her husband to the nation. san antonio's mayor, julian castro will deliver the keynote address. >>> only on 9, if it can happen to him, it can happen to anybody. a former life guard makes a mistake that he has warned others about for years. peggy fox is here with a story she shot while on vacation in the outer banks last week. >> i caught up with an old friend who i have known since i was a child. he used to life guard with my older brother. he recently had a horrific accident and he wanted to tell his story. all i had with me for a camera was my iphone, but i think you'll find it did a good job capturing the message. >> they call this a halo, though it looks more devilish than angelic. it is bolted to the head to keep the spine straight. >> eight total screws in my head and they are screwed into the skull. >> bill has had the halo since july 4. that's when he made a split second mistake while on a friend's boat on the sound near nags head. >> i decided to take a swim and did not know the wa
on the democratic national convention. first lady michelle obama's big opening night address set a high bar for all who followed. >> barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. he wants everyone in this country, everyone to have the same opportunity. >> mitt romney quite simply doesn't get it. >> the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hasn't cleaned it up fast enough. >> america is not in decline. i've got news for governor romney and congressman ryan, gentlemen, never, ever, it never makes sense, it's never been a good bet to bet against the american people. >> as i stand here tonight, i have never been more hopeful about america. not because i think i have all the answers, not because i'm naive about the magnitude of our challenges. i'm hopeful because of you. >> joining us for the post script this friday special edition senior reporter for "newsweek," andrew romano. a number of republicans had to admit when you look at those speeches, it was unmatched when you put th
will listen to first lady michelle obama. joe biden speaking earlier working to humanize and personalize this story much the way michelle did for barack obama earlier this week. we heard as well from illinois senator dick durbin, he introduced the nation to a pretty obscure illinois state senator barack obama relatively unknown back in 2008. vice president biden talked a bit about barack obama of course but what i thought was quite emotional as he said we talked about his life and dr. jill by then pointed to him and she said that it took her five times before she would marry him and that he was the love of her life. a huge cheer went up here all lot of emotion when it gabby gifford said recited the pledge of allegiance. everyone seems to be crying. i looked in the handicapped area and people were cheering for her as she walked across the stage and recited the pledge of allegiance escorted by her friend the democratic chairwoman. incredible emotion in this room and there certainly playing on a motion a great deal tonight. husbands speaking of the love for their wives and joe biden talking
. his brother is in politics as well. michelle obama has a speech in prime time and her job will be very similar to ann romney's job, which is accent wait the personal and highlighting president obama as a father and family man. dana bash, what do you expect her to say? >> looking back four years ago, she was kind of seen as a potential liability. she was kind of harsh and the goal was to soften her. >> now she's so much more popular -- >> he wishes he had her approval numbers. >> which tends to happen with first ladies. kind of val dater for her husband. and her speech will talk about her own accomplishments and some of the things she's done in the white house with children and with -- >> the whole health. >> nutrition and things like that. those are some of the things i'm told she'll talk about. >> the big event will be julian castro's speech. i didn't realize that's the first time a latino -- that stuns me for democrats and republicans. i find it shocking. >> it is given how important that section of the electorate is. he's 37 years old. he's an identical twin. >> his brother likes to
that such a large band could not be accommodated on the smaller stage. more people to london to watch michelle obama s.b. van ann romney. more than 26 million people opening night of the dnc were the first lady was the featured speaker. more than 22 million people as the first night of the republican national convention. >> a with abc 7 news and wjla.com for complete coverage with abc 7. news, ang at other observation hearing will georgetown and murdering his socialite wife. doctors say albrecht muth is noticeably weekend after a hunger strike last month. but they believe he is competent to stand trial. killed 91-0 viola drath inside their home last summer. the latest on the 12-year-old fort washington boy accused of oldally beating a two-year- foster girl. board entered an alford plea to involuntary manslaughter boy entered an alford plea it. the boy initially faced a more serious second-degree murder charge. be held at a youth facility until a hearing in october. >> students at northwestern high hyattsville wing bolt will bring home letters today stabbing at the school. the victim was a 17-year-ol
about losing her baby weight. >> plus we'll talk to the woman behind michelle obama's dress. and we'll have the school on her nail polish as well after your local news. 12 grams of whole grains and a creamy yogurt flavored coating. quaker yogurt granola bars. treat yourself good. the next generation and then countless more. how do you kill them? frontline plus. it uses two ingredients. one to kill adult fleas and ticks. plus another to eliminate flea eggs and larvae, annihilating the next generation of fleas. and, frontline plus works non-stop for thirty days. no wonder it's the number one choice of vets for their pets and yours. ask your vet about frontline plus. accept nothing less. ask your vet about frontline plus. try our new lunch-size grilled chicken fajitas, with sauteed onions and peppers, served with soup or salad. lunch break combos, starting at 6 bucks. enjoy them with friends, because a lunch together feeds the friendship. >> 7:26. good morning. i'm jon kelley. chp officers in martinez having a rough day returning to work one day after the death of officer kenyon youngs
on a dress worn just like the win michelle obama. she sure turned heads with her fashion, and now there is a duplicate out there on the market for the public. the designer told the "today" show she didn't know until mrs. obama appeared on tv that her creation was chosen. >> i thought she made the right choice. we sent a few, because i didn't know what she would need or how she would feel. i wanted her to have choice and choose us, but she made an excellent choice. she looks gorgeous. the color looks so fresh. >> well, that designer says the dress will sell for under $500. so you you too can wear one of those. >> sure. >>> coming up next, a big day for amazon. it releases the new kindal. police search a beige manager's home after a hostage situation. >>> i'm liz crenshaw. decipher diaper deals, find out decipher diaper deals, find out where and how to shop f i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. mitt romney's position onnd out women's health...it's dangerous. vo:mitt romney and paul ryan would get rid of planned parenthood funding. and allow employers to deny coverage for c
the fall. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama have been helping to build enthusiasm and will introduce their husbands tonight. in that conference call with voters who could not be here because of the cancellation of the stadium event, says that obama promised them front row seat at future campaigning. in charlotte i'm randall pinkston, back to you. >> thank you, randall. >>> coming up a bit later in our broadcast, the one-on-one conversation with the maryland's delegate. we've got live questions for them live at the dnc in charlotte. >>> in the meantime mitt romney making a surprise appearance today, visiting a few veterans who work on the phones for him. romney is focused primarily for next month's debate. v.p. paul ryan is out there campaigning very hard. he told supporters in colorado to get ready for more plans for big government in president obama's speech tonight. >> their convention actually began with a tribute to big government. they said government is the only thing we all belong to. our objectives are very clear. >> romney will take the country to a new division and it is up
convention speeches and maybe not the best convention speech of the week, a distinction michelle obama or president clinton could make. because of realities, the president decided that had to trump soaring rhetoric. >> madam chairwoman, delegates, i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> reporter: facing the political fight of his life, the 44th president of the united states made the case for his re-election, asking americans to stick with him for another four years despite tough economic times. >> our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place, and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> reporter: four years later the president felt he had to appeal to voters exhausted by the tone of american politics. >> i know campaigns may seem small, even sill sly sometimes. trivial things become big attractions. if you're sick of me approving this message, believe me, so am i. >> reporter: but obama pulled no punches when it came to his republican rival. his references to opponent turned him into a pun
to be with you this morning. i'm glad all of you viewers are staying up and having watch michelle obama's speech. i'm sure they're all fired up. >> i'm glad you brought up the speech because that's my first question. a lot of emotion and a very personal speech. i'm wondering if the polls already show that they like president obama's personality, what's the purpose of going over that ground again? >> well, she knows the president's values best and ultimately this election does come to values. and she laid out the case why the president believes in universal health care for every man, woman and child and taking care and working with our veterans when they return home making sure they have educational opportunities. so why does he feel so strongly about these issues? why is he passionate about it? and i think she made that case. because this is who he is. who he has always been. andho he will be during his next term in office. >> well, now, tonight begins the democrat i go effort to close the deal to -- democratic effort to close the deal to make president obama the president again. they saw the ex
impassioned plea. first lady michelle obama delivers a rousing speech at the democratic national convention. reaching out to women, she gets emotional as she talks about her family. >> my daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world. >> savannah has reaction live from charlotte. >>> scary moments. the newly elected premier of quebec rushed off stage as masked gunman opens fire at a victory rally. this morning at least one person dead, the shooter is under arrest and police are looking for a motive. >>> tennis, anyone? pippa middleton checks out the action at the u.s. open. a trip to new york city that has some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, wednesday, september 5th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to a split edition of "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. matt, i was on this floor last night when michelle obama spoke. at times she was fiery.
with the prime time speech from first lady michelle obama. we're here live. >>> republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan joins us to talk about where he thinks the presidential race is headed and chris sichl that he played fast and loose with the truth. >>> out and about. the prince makes his first public appearance since those naked las vegas pictures surfaced and poked fun at himself. but it was a cheeky 6-year-old who nearly stole the show. >>> the gentle giant, michael clarke duncan, oscar nominated star of "the green mile" died after a heart attack. tributes are pouring in from some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, september 4th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie in charlotte, north carolina. >> i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, republicans had their moment in the spotlight last week. starting today, down there in charlotte, the democrats will try to grab some of that spotlight for themselves. >> that's right. this conve
. >> reporter: good morning. well, aside from michelle obama and maybe former president clinton, last night the vice president was the most effective character witness for the president. joe biden used his ring side seat over the last four years why he thinks myrnot the best man for the job. he did it talking about mitt romney's views on two key issues. what he would have done when it came to capturing bin laden and saving the auto industry? >> i think that he saw it the bain way. i think he saw it in terms of balance sheets and write-offs. folks, the bain way, may bring your firm the highest profits. but it is not the qua to lead our country from the highest office. >> he was asked about bin laden in 2007, here's what he said -- he said it's not worth moving had heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just to catch one person. if you understood that america's heart had to be healed, you would have done exactly what the president did. you would move heaven and earth to hunt him down. >> and president barack obama went after his opponent in a more subtle way, talking about mitt ro
. and on the final day of the convention, first lady michelle obama and jill continue to meet with voters. >> barrack understands the challenges that women face. i think that is made abundantly clear and we know he will keep fighting every day to ensure all of our daughters have no limits to their dreams and that is over. >> michelle and i are inspired every day by the courage and strength and resilience of our military families. >> reporter: president obama held a conference call with ticket holders to the outside event who were unable to get inside this mall or venue. other notable speakers include 2004 presidential nominee john kerry. at the democratic national convention in charlotte, craig bosswell, fox news. >> a poignant moment expected. gabby giffords will lead the convention in the pledge of a likens. the arizona democrat was shot in the head when a gunman opened fire at her meet-and- greet in tucson last year. giffords and 12 others survived, six people died in the shooting. she resigned from congress earlier this year to focus on her recovery. on the republican side, mitt romney had no pub
think bridged the enthusiasm gap for democrats is the buildup of the three days. michelle obama was scintillating. bill clinton delivered what may have been the most effective convention address in the modern history of american politics and then barack obama capped it off with a very good speech. you could see the enthusiasm in that room and even before the polls registered the obama speech the gallup poll did show a bump for obama and did show him for the first time since the killing of osama bin laden his approval rating of 52%. >> i'm just curious how important as a historian overall are these conventions to future presidencies? they seem to be a blip and oftentimes a coronation for die hards in that particular party. >> you see the water spiraling down in the bathtub. these conventions have spiraled down in importance. they used to nominate candidates. they don't. they used to have lively substantive debates over platform. they don't. they used to make rules. nobody cares about rules, so they're now simply three-day long infomercials and that's why you folks in the media co
, both ann romney and michelle obama were sensational in their respective conventions. with me too talk first families and other presidential politics, former democratic senator and governor of indiana evan bayh and republican congressman michael grim. senator, welcome. congressman, you were almost caught in the tornado today. >> yes, i was out there meeting constituents at block parties in brooklyn. >> the tornado hit your district. the nerve. >> absolutely. right there. >> geraldo: it was weird and i'm glad it didn't amount to much. so listen, the first ladies. what role did they play and do you think they are significant? congressman, you first? >> i do think they were significant. both as you said, sensational. both delivered fantastic speeches but i think they play a very important role and i think the challenge is a little bit greater for mrs. romney. and that is her role is really to humanize and show the softer side of someone that does come across like a c.e.o. which by the way i think the country needs desperately is the c.e.o. type. >> geraldo: i newt you wer thoe going to sa
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